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« Reply #440 on: May 13, 2010 07:13:50 PM »

There are other brands of shrink plastic.  I like to buy the Lucky Squirrel brand and it can be found at various stores. I am in Canada, and buy mine from US sellers off Ebay.  Also, number 6 plastics, such as some take out boxes, or salad boxes, will shrink as well. 
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« Reply #441 on: May 14, 2010 08:24:24 AM »

I know it's probably somewhere in here, and I'm sorry for posting, but it's 42 pages long, so please forgive me.

WHERE DO I FIND SHRINKY DINKS IN AMERICA?! I can't find any, and when I search online, I find tutorials and tutorial books, etc. not any of the actual material itself. I've loved the idea of these since I stumbled across bracelets and such made with them and I really want to try it out for myself.

I'm in america too. Have you tried the kids section of your local craft store? Hobby Lobby, Micheal's, and A.C. Moore near me have it on that isle. Typically it has the crayola craft items, and the fuzzy posters and such.
It's not a huge or super colorful package. I buy the off brand as it's a bit cheaper. It's called Graffix brand shrink plastic. You can get it in all the same types as shrinky dinks.
also try e-bay or the shrinky dinks website if you can't find it locally. Smiley
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« Reply #442 on: May 14, 2010 10:16:34 AM »

Thank you so much. xD I've never actually looked there. I figured it wasn't sold in stores anymore. Pft. Silly me. Thank you again!
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« Reply #443 on: June 30, 2010 01:49:34 PM »

I sprayed my shrinks with Krylon and found that it lightened up my black areas.  Like, now they are dark grey.  Has anyone encountered this?
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« Reply #444 on: July 18, 2010 02:32:26 PM »

So, I've read through a lot of this thread..but I haven't seen anyone say it's okay to bake in the same oven you cook dinner in. I just got some shrinky dink paper and I'm looking forward to trying it out, but I don't want to ruin my toaster oven or oven.

Is there anything I have to do after I've made something with the shrinky dink paper to prevent contaminating my food? Sorry if this has already been asked!
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« Reply #445 on: July 18, 2010 04:11:19 PM »

So, I've read through a lot of this thread..but I haven't seen anyone say it's okay to bake in the same oven you cook dinner in. I just got some shrinky dink paper and I'm looking forward to trying it out, but I don't want to ruin my toaster oven or oven.

Is there anything I have to do after I've made something with the shrinky dink paper to prevent contaminating my food? Sorry if this has already been asked!

I use the same oven I cook my food in when I don't feel like pulling the toaster oven out. Works just fine. I've even baked them in pyrex before.
I wash the pyrex after though. Typically I just bake on a cookie sheet with a piece of brown paper set on top and the shrinkies on that.
If you've ever cooked microwave dinners with the plastic packaging in there it's no worse than that.
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« Reply #446 on: July 21, 2010 07:25:00 AM »

I used to use the oven but then I bought a heat tool that you can find in the scrapbooking section of craft stores and it works great. I just hold the piece down with a wooden dowel through the hole to keep it from blowing off the table. It's fun watching it shrink this way and you can make sure it's even better this way too (at least for me). When I did it in the oven I often had a problem of the shrinkys sticking to the cardboard I was cooking them on and so they were ruined.
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« Reply #447 on: July 24, 2010 04:00:07 AM »

Thanks, Eliea. I have an older oven so I decided to stick with the toaster oven for even heating, otherwise I'd throw a cookie sheet full right in there. I wasn't sure if the shrinky dink paper gave off any smells, but so far so good Smiley

I used to use the oven but then I bought a heat tool that you can find in the scrapbooking section of craft stores and it works great. I just hold the piece down with a wooden dowel through the hole to keep it from blowing off the table. It's fun watching it shrink this way and you can make sure it's even better this way too (at least for me). When I did it in the oven I often had a problem of the shrinkys sticking to the cardboard I was cooking them on and so they were ruined.

Can you use a heat gun on polymer clay? I'm not sure if I should just go out and find a cheap toaster oven to do all my crafting or if I can keep using the same one for food and crafts.
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« Reply #448 on: July 24, 2010 01:28:45 PM »

Thanks, Eliea. I have an older oven so I decided to stick with the toaster oven for even heating, otherwise I'd throw a cookie sheet full right in there. I wasn't sure if the shrinky dink paper gave off any smells, but so far so good Smiley

I used to use the oven but then I bought a heat tool that you can find in the scrapbooking section of craft stores and it works great. I just hold the piece down with a wooden dowel through the hole to keep it from blowing off the table. It's fun watching it shrink this way and you can make sure it's even better this way too (at least for me). When I did it in the oven I often had a problem of the shrinkys sticking to the cardboard I was cooking them on and so they were ruined.

Can you use a heat gun on polymer clay? I'm not sure if I should just go out and find a cheap toaster oven to do all my crafting or if I can keep using the same one for food and crafts.
My oven doens't heat evenly either but they can stay in till they are all flattened out. It won't hurt them.
I tend to like the toaster oven though becasue I can watch them. My oven doesn't have a window. Sad  I just worry as I have set the toaster oven on fire before with the shrinkies but that was because I sealed them on the same paper I bake with and then put the paper back in the oven. Sealer is flam-able. lol Luckily the toaster oven survived being put out! The shrink plastic and paper however did not.
I've been paranoid since that I'm going to forget again and am super careful either way.
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« Reply #449 on: July 24, 2010 06:55:30 PM »

Thanks, Eliea. I have an older oven so I decided to stick with the toaster oven for even heating, otherwise I'd throw a cookie sheet full right in there. I wasn't sure if the shrinky dink paper gave off any smells, but so far so good Smiley

I used to use the oven but then I bought a heat tool that you can find in the scrapbooking section of craft stores and it works great. I just hold the piece down with a wooden dowel through the hole to keep it from blowing off the table. It's fun watching it shrink this way and you can make sure it's even better this way too (at least for me). When I did it in the oven I often had a problem of the shrinkys sticking to the cardboard I was cooking them on and so they were ruined.

Oh no! Haha, I almost did that today, but decided to use new paper in case the sealer was toxic. I forgot about the whole flamable part...
Can you use a heat gun on polymer clay? I'm not sure if I should just go out and find a cheap toaster oven to do all my crafting or if I can keep using the same one for food and crafts.
My oven doens't heat evenly either but they can stay in till they are all flattened out. It won't hurt them.
I tend to like the toaster oven though becasue I can watch them. My oven doesn't have a window. Sad  I just worry as I have set the toaster oven on fire before with the shrinkies but that was because I sealed them on the same paper I bake with and then put the paper back in the oven. Sealer is flam-able. lol Luckily the toaster oven survived being put out! The shrink plastic and paper however did not.
I've been paranoid since that I'm going to forget again and am super careful either way.
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